We have the post on the worst airline CEO, but what about the best?
I'm not involved with nor interested in airline management, but I think some of the best are:
Gerry Greenwald, CEO United Airlines.....he guided United through the 1990s, the best years for the airline, when stock was above $100 and United was the largest and most powerful airline on Earth.
Herb Kelleher, CEO Southwest......he pioneered the low-cost model for airlines, which has worked up and down for Southwest for 30+ years.
Glenn Tilton, CEO United Airlines......he has done what most thought impossible; he saved United Airlines from liquidation and has it on the road towards recovery. The changes he has implemented to what was once the most inefficient US network carrier have been huge and wide-ranging. Because of his leadership, United is slowly returning to it's former self.
Glenn Zander, CEO Aloha Airlines......turned Aloha from a small, inter-island carrier still reeling from the flight 243 accident to Hawaii's best airline and has established a niche market of serving Pacific Island nations as well as the US Mainland and Canada, with awesome service. Through being fiscally responsible, he has helped Aloha avoid bankruptcy, while Hawaiian has filed a second time.
Bill Compton, CEO TWA.....somehow kept TWA aloft through it's final years despite the Icahn agreement and kept employees together. Though TWA ended up going under, without Compton the end would have been a lot sooner.